To maintain our institutional independence, we do not accept federal student aid. Thus, we have developed a private investor- student lending program through gifts from generous donors that believe in the principals that define and exemplified the Industrial Arts Institute since its founding.
These supporters GIVE because they believe in our vision to build a professional trades workforce utilizing a new education model standard that develops students with time honored training and connects talent with industry.
Students will need to fill out a form, but many families find that the Noble Path application and selection process is far simpler to fill out and less invasive than other Lending Applications or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documents.
Annual Percentage Rate
Up Front Costs:
Minimum Down payment-$500.00
Term of Contract
Up to 60 months
First payment not due till 45 days after graduation
The AWS Foundation awards over $1 million annually to help students achieve their dreams through education. If you are currently enrolled in a welding program or a related field, then consider applying for our scholarships. Scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or what you aspire to be, receiving an AWS Foundation scholarship can be the extra push that helps you fulfill your goals.
1) Welder Training Scholarships
The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking training to become a welder in a program up to two years in length at a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training.
Each AWS District has twenty-five (25) $1,000 scholarships to award.
Applications are accepted year-round and selections are made on a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds for the year. The current application cycle is open to students attending school or training prior to May 2020.
2) District Scholarships
The deadline to apply for District, and Section is March 1st each year.
A minimum of $10,000 is available in each of AWS’s 22 Districts for students pursuing a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. Scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,500+.
We are pleased to announce that the Michigan State Approving Agency, Department of Education has approved the Industrial Arts Institute to train VA eligible students for our Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program.
Getting Started As A Student
Service members, veterans and their beneficiaries can apply to determine their VA Education Benefits using the Veterans On-Line Application. Then apply to IAI for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding program using the On-line Application and submit VA Form 2384- Notice of Basic Eligibility to IAI.
Do you have unused VA Education Benefits? Did you know you can transfer unused benefits to a spouse or child? To determine if you are eligible for transferring benefits, click the link below.
Todd (T.J.) James Albert Reeves unexpectedly departed from our lives Thursday, January 28th, 2016. T.J. was born on April 18th, 1990 in Petoskey. There, he attended school and participated in multiple sports throughout the years. He was an incredibly kind-hearted person who loved everyone. As a truly genuine and compassionate person, T.J. walked this earth with strength and stability that could only be admired. His family near and far are, and will always be, so proud of the man he grew to become. To honor TJ’s memory, a memorial fund that provides college & trade school funding to deserving students was established.
Two (2) $1000.00 scholarships are available to students who pursue skilled trades training in our 19 week Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan in January and August of each year.
To apply for the Scholarship,
Email Application & applicable documents to:
Industrial Arts Institute- Student Services Department;
Mark Dombroski – Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammi Ward – Operations & Student Services Manager – email@example.com
IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:
IAI Contact Person:
Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369 firstname.lastname@example.org
North Central Michigan College Contact Person:
Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698 email@example.com
This scholarship is for a graduate (any year) from a high school in the counties of Montmorency, Presque Isle, or Cheboygan, studying in the areas of welding, machining, electrical, or automotive. No minimum GPA required. For study at any school in Michigan.
WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact your local MI Works! Office for information on how you can apply for a WIOA Grant today.
For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant, visit http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/Overview.cfm.
The Baiardi Family Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering $2,000 scholarships to eligible Emmet County Students for the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway, MI. Among other features of this program, successful students will graduate as a certified welder. Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship Application
The Frey Foundation in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering, $1,000, one year vocational education scholarships, three of which are funded by the Frey Foundation and administered by Sunset Rotary. These scholarships are available to students in the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Alanson areas.
Frey Vocational Scholarship application.
The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation is organized to seek contributions and to provide a source of funding for educational programs, activities and events for the enrichment and benefit of the Inland Lakes School students. Scholarships for both vocational and academic studies are awarded to graduates of Inland Lakes Schools who are pursued career goals ranging from nursing to engineering to vocational careers.
For more information on The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF), click here.
To apply, contact Beth Fairbanks via email or phone: 231-238- 6868 ext. 145.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments about financing your education and current scholarship opportunitites.